OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Type
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
40
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
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(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Insomnia (17) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
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(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
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(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (19) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (18)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Apathy Bipolar manic episodes 8 more
How many evaluations
17
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
11
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 19 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (7)
2 more
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(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 15 more
How many evaluations
29
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(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 10 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Insomnia (17) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Anxiety and frustration 8 more
How many evaluations
16
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(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Depressed mood 2 more
How many evaluations
18
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Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Depressed mood 6 more
How many evaluations
9
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Fatigue 3 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Insomnia (19) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Brain fog 4 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (18)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 58
20s 738
30s 977
40s 921
50s 579
60s 210
70+ 49

Sex

Distribution of sex

76% Female
24% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 952
20-29 years 238
30-39 years 128
40-49 years 57
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,829
Not Diagnosed 1,770

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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